28 September 2022

Cheaper Child Care Bill to be introduced to parliament today

The Federal Government’s early childhood education and care reforms, in the form of the Cheaper Child Care Bill, will be introduced to parliament today by Federal Education Minister, the Hon Jason Clare MP.

The proposed changes would come into effect from July 2023 and include:

  • Lifting the maximum Child Care Subsidy (CCS) rate to 90 per cent for the first child in care;
  • Increasing the hours of subsidised early education and care for Indigenous children to 36 hours per fortnight (from 24 hours); and
  • Households with a combined income of $75,000 will receive a 90 per cent subsidy, while those earning $500,000 a year will receive a seven per cent discount.

Additionally, under the proposed legislation, the higher CCS rate for families with multiple children aged five or under in early childhood education would be retained. 

Early Childhood Education Minister, the Hon Dr Anne Aly MP, spoke to the introduction of the Cheaper Child Care Bill:

“Early childhood education and care plays a vital role in supporting families and improves the education and health outcomes of our children. These changes will help ease cost of living pressures, improve women’s economic security and ensure all Australian families can make the choices around workforce participation and early childhood education that work for them”.

Family Day Care Australia (FDCA) welcomes the Government’s commitment to supporting the early childhood education and care sector, but looks ahead to specific reforms to support the growth of family day care.

Wynnum Family Day Care featured by ACECQA

ACECQA has recently shone a light on Wynnum Family Day Care on their social media page, focusing specifically on the service’s engagement with the Australian Education Research Organisation (AERO) to develop a family day care focused case study.

If you haven’t yet heard of the project, Wynnum Family Day Care & Education Service, hailing from Brisbane, Queensland, worked alongside AERO to explore three key strategies used by their family day care educators to encourage family engagement.

The case study describes, using real examples and links to the National Quality Framework and Early Years Learning Framework, how educators can build and sustain collaborative partnerships with families to support children’s learning and development.

We are proud to see our members in the spotlight and encourage you to access the full study here.

FDCA Member Zone - Your one-stop shop!

Available exclusively to FDCA Members, the Member Zone is your go-to spot for family day care tools, resources and content, designed to assist in the day to day running of your business and support your long term career goals.

Through your FDCA Member Zone, you’ll have access to:

  • the ‘“My Family” Day Care’ E-Book;
  • your Family Day Care Locator listing;
  • the Market My Business Hub;
  • the FDCA Learning Hub;
  • insurance documentation;
  • a wide range of resources and factsheets, including the popular NQF Checkpoint series; and
  • the latest issues of JiGSAW Magazine.

To access your Member Zone, log in here.

Planning for Empowerment: a Be You resource for early childhood professionals

As part of Be You’s digital catalogue of resources for the early childhood education and care sector, the ‘Planning for Empowerment’ digital guide (the Guide) offers a whole learning community approach to supporting mental health and wellbeing in early childhood services.

Underpinned by Be You’s vision  - that every learning community is positive, inclusive and resilient - the Guide contains a number of concepts, ideas and strategies for educators, coordinators and services to read and reflect on.

Topics covered include understanding empowerment within the context of early learning environments, cultivating children’s empowerment through critical reflection and creating empowering environments.

Not only beneficial to children’s learning, development, mental health and wellbeing, empowerment also supports active partnerships between adults and communities as a whole.

You can access the Guide and complete the activities at Be You’s website here.

FDCA 2022 National Conference: Workshop slides online

To help members get the most out of the 2022 National Conference, we've put together a list of workshop slides from our Friday and Saturday sessions.

Whether you missed out on the Conference, or are hoping to go back and re-read the  slides from your favourite session, you'll find them on our website here.

The page will be updated as more presentations become available.

Feel free to download the workshop slides and share with your colleagues, or print them out and use them as reference tools - the sky's the limit!